Posted On: 08/16/19 11:19 AM

Today we honor the 16u talent from the Prep Hoops Circuit Hustle Region.  The Hustle Region included teams from all over the west coast but it was the Coastal Elite Slayers that proved to be the most consistent.

The Coastal Elite Slayers put together a 13-1 season through three events on the Prep Hoops Circuit.  That’s two championships and only one defeat as the program continues to grow.  Challenges came from Utah (Utah Premier), Colorado (Colorado Titans), Nevada (Nevada Hard 2 Guard), Arizona (Legion of Hoops), and of course California (The Truth, LA Elite, etc) but it was the most talented roster that earned the crown plus the most honors on today’s All Hustle Region Team. 




The All-Hustle Region First Team

Jaden Brownell of Utah Premier.  Jaden is 6’8 with a gifted skill set. Good with both hands around the rim, has a better than average handle for a player his size and is a sneaky good athlete. – Bruce Williams of Prep Hoops

Carson Ledbetter of Legion of Hoops. A 6-foot-7 stretch four with the skills to face up anywhere in the halfcourt set but the ability to play with his back to the basket as well.  Carson played up in the 2021 class, he’s a 2022 that has shown the Prep Hoops Circuit that he can hit the three and score inside.

Wayne McKinney of Coastal Elite Slayers. McKinney was the MVP of the 16U division and unquestionably the best player on the floor in the title game. He was simply unstoppable going to the basket and when he wasn’t finishing acrobatically at the hoop he was drawing fouls left and right.  He ended up with a team-high 24 points, dished out a number of dimes, and made plays on the defensive end. – Jed Tai of Prep Hoops.  Fresno State, Boise State, and TCU have already offered. 

Caleb Nelson of Coastal Elite Slayers. Caleb is a 6-foot-5/6-foot-6 guard that will be labeled as a shooter and rightfully so, at that size with his stroke Caleb can really stroke the ball.  But I was fortunate enough to see him in four games this spring and the way he positioned and on ball defended plus attacked in fluid ways offensively also impressed. D2 schools have offered, D1s you will be next so get ahead of the game. 

Peyton Watson of The Truth.  A Prep Hoops top 100 4-star talent in the 2021 rankings that looks ready for a push higher into the national rankings when Prep Hoops resorts them in September.  Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Maryland, and Oregon are among the schools that have recently offered.  Visiting Washington soon, hearing from Gonzaga. Outstanding at USA Basketball and dominant defensively when we saw him this spring. 


The All-Hustle Region Second Team

DaRon Holmes of Powerhouse Hoops.  DaRon has become one of hottest names in the nation and a five star prospect in the Prep Hoops 2021 rankings.  As far as the spring/summer goes, Holmes made his first big impact at the Prep Hoops event at Mamba Sports Academy in late March and lands him a spot here.  

Solomon Little of Coastal Elite Slayers. Hyper-quick and fluid combo guard prospect thrives in transition, where he can play above the rim. Defensively, one of the best on-ball defenders in the gym. – Aaron Burgin. 

Christian Mickelson of Colorado Titans. Mickelson is 6’3 with a beautiful stroke with range plus handles to keep defenders off balance.  Christian is one of the best players if not the best in the state of Wyoming and his touch is game changing. 

Jimmy Starry of Colorado Titans. The Titans were 10-3 in Prep Hoops Circuit play this year and Jimmy Starry was the team catalyst.  Starry is known for his late game clutch player and that was apparent on the Prep Hoops Circuit. 

Donovan Watkins of LA Elite. An explosive scoring guard at 5-foot-8 that opposing players want nothing to do with.  Mid-20s was the norm in July, Watkins even had a 50 spot making 19 of 23 shots at one point. 


The All-Hustle Region Third Team

Parker Christensen of Utah Premier.  Utah Premier was a single point away from the Hustle Region title.  They went 10-4 with Parker playing a big role. 

Alton Dubois of Coast Premier Slayers. Alton led Premier to a very respectable 8-4 mark over three events.  Packs so much explosive, productive punch into his 6’3 frame. 

Coleman Fields of Legion of Hoops. Coleman joined with Legion of Hoops in July and quickly became an impact player that is on the map as a solid prospect.

Ethan McCanless of LA Elite.  A bouncy 6’7 player that records double-doubles so commonly they may as well be recorded in the book before the game starts.  

Lewis Singleterry of of Gamepoint Inland Empire. Playing up a level Lewis was one of the most consistent scorers at the 16u level of play. 



The All-Hustle Region Fourth Team

Emmanuel Austin of Nevada Hard 2 Guard.  Represents what the team name says

Reese Dixon of The Truth. A couple Pac 12 offers already

Quint Geck of Colorado Cardinals. Explosive shooter, had 44 in one of his last games

LJ Glover of Coastal Elite Slayers.  The potential is there and steps are being taken forward. 

Kai Jesse of Coastal Elite Slayers.  A key two way contributor for the champs

Christian Ubochi of California Select Black.  A high potential player getting better in the Select program.